I’m Adele, a vegan food and lifestyle blogger from Liverpool, UK. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Oh great…another lifestyle blogger. Just what the world needs.” But trust me…I think you’ll like what I have to say.
Everything’s Peachy is about my passion for sustainable living, plant-based foods and supporting the move towards a vegan world. If you’ve ever felt sick of dieting, tired of meaningless consumerism and want to feel healthier, happier and more vibrant, then you’re in the right place.
Here, you’ll find all kinds of recipes, ingredient profiles, healthy food reviews, inspiring interviews, handy tips and in-depth guides that are all designed to help you lead a more ethical, conscious and healthier lifestyle. Of course, major lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight, so don’t think that’s the aim here. Rather, by making lots of small changes one step at a time, we can eventually create long-term habits we’ll stick with and build ourselves a life to be proud of.
Although this blog isn’t my full-time gig, it’s my pride and joy and is essentially my second job. (By day I work in marketing and SEO for a well-known sports nutrition and fitness brand, in case you nosy folk were wondering). You might also find me making music with my band Chasing Infinity.
Why Everything’s Peachy?
Have you ever felt bored and fed up with what you were eating on a daily basis, resorting to the same old junk or convenience foods?
Have you ever tried getting ‘healthy’ by trying a new faddy diet that you you couldn’t sustain long-term and made you feel miserable?
Have you ever felt tired of all the calorie counting, or confused and overwhelmed by all of the conflicting diet advice out there?
Many of us probably know the feeling of all of the above, but feel compelled to keep repeating the same patterns, mostly because we don’t have all of the information available – or perhaps the right information – at our fingertips.
I’m not here as a dietician or a nutritionist (because I’m neither). But I can tell you that I’ve eaten more than my fair share of junk food, as well as trying to adhere to what others told me was ‘healthy’, and can confirm right now…both just made me feel crappy.
Adapting a whole food, plant-based diet was one of the best things I ever did, as it removed so much of the confusion around calories and macros, and enabled me to do what I do best: ENJOY FOOD. I’ve always loved cooking and trying new and exciting foods, and now, knowing the food I’m eating is doing incredible things for my body – as well as reducing harm to animals and the environment – gives my meals that extra feeling of magic.
Plants are amazing because we are physiologically DESIGNED to eat them. That means, so long as you are eating plant-based foods as close to their whole, natural state as possible…it’s extremely difficult to be unhealthy or overweight, no matter the quantities, macros or number of calories you’re consuming. Pretty neat, huh?
Discover the magic of eating plants
I’ve now lived a vegan lifestyle for over six years, and have been plant-based for seven. I’ve learned a lot during that time, but most importantly, I’ve thrived.
Maintaining a healthy weight, gaining lean muscle, boosting my energy levels and balancing my skin and hormones are just some of the major benefits I’ve had from this lifestyle. Although I still have a keen interest in reading about nutrition and health, I no longer pore over beauty or diet magazines worrying about the ‘next’ big diet trend or feel the need to track calories or macros to get healthy. No longer do I spend time worrying about whether I’m doing right by my body – I know I am, because I follow the science and continue to see results each and every day.
These days I am stronger, fitter and healthier than I was ten years ago, and can do things I never thought I would be physically able to do. I’m realising that age really doesn’t have to dictate our capabilities and experiences…it’s all about how we take care of our bodies.
Besides becoming stronger physically, I also feel stronger as a person. Knowing that I live in alignment with my principles gives me a tremendous feeling of pride and courage. Living according to your values can help you to feel whole and centred, while also boosting your confidence. It’s a feeling many of us say we’d love to have, if only going against the grain of society wasn’t so difficult. Well, difficult it may be sometimes, but I’m telling you it can be done! And once you carve out that life for yourself, there’s no feeling like it.
Rewind back to 2012. I had just graduated from uni, gone through a bad breakup and was feeling pretty sorry for myself. Three years of eating mostly junk and convenience foods had done me no favours, and I moved home feeling very out of shape, struggling with my skin, and still not really knowing how to cook (apart from pasta and basic stir-fries).
I decided very quickly to enter self-care mode and began looking for ways to both feel and look better. I had always been pretty self-conscious about how I looked growing up, but like most kids and teenagers, I sought to feel better through clothes, hair styles and make-up, rather than giving a thought to what I was actually putting into my body. Sure enough, as I began to do research, I found that the most beautiful, confident women were those that put a lot of care and attention into their bodies and inner selves, which of course included eating well and exercising regularly.
I began to go back to my pre-uni roots of eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking meals from scratch (with the help of my mum’s cookbooks) and ditching the processed snacks for nuts, seeds and dark chocolate. My inner motto was to “look after myself as though I were a model”. I wasn’t a model of course – but taking the approach of one meant that I saw my body as something incredibly important that was to be nourished and looked after with care.
Sure enough, it wasn’t long before I began to see the benefits of a whole-foods, mostly Mediterranean-style diet paying off. I felt like I had more energy, more focus, and I rarely had that sluggish, bloated feeling you get after eating a heavy meal. My confidence grew massively and though I went through many learning curves, I was enjoying the journey – soaking up every bit of knowledge I could about food, nutrition and the human body. I experimented with various types of exercise, and although I didn’t always get things right, I was always paying close attention to what did and didn’t work for me, and what types of exercise I truly enjoyed.
This renewed interest in healthy eating also came with something pretty new for me: removing dairy from my diet. After reading a beauty article on skin that linked dairy products to acne, I thought it was worth a try in order to calm my sensitive, spot-prone skin. Sure enough, after just a month or so, people began to compliment my skin and I too noticed the difference. My skin was smoother and glowier and I no longer was getting as many zits or red patches of uneven skin tone. Inspired by this, my research expanded into the benefits of cutting out other animal products such as meat and eggs, opening up my mind to the wonderful world that is plant-based eating.
By 2013 I had adapted a largely plant-based diet, but this didn’t rule out the odd piece of fish or meal containing cheese in restaurants. As plant-based diets were still relatively unheard of back then, social situations and family get-togethers could sometimes be tricky, and I wanted to be as flexible as possible to avoid making things difficult for whoever was hosting. However, after beginning to learn more about horrors of factory farming, fishing and the unbelievable torture that animals go through to put ‘food’ on our plates, I announced to my family in 2014 that I was switching to a fully vegan lifestyle – social norms and family traditions be damned.
It was partway into my new plant-based lifestyle that my sister suggested I create a blog to document all of the new recipes, healthy food products and cool new indie brands that I was discovering. And from that, Everything’s Peachy was born (although it didn’t really get off the ground until a couple of years later, in 2017).
Fast-forward to today. Of course, a lot of time has passed since the start of my vegan journey and I have learned so much. I have dabbled in different styles of the vegan diet – from low fat to low carb – and I have found what works and what doesn’t for my own body. I have experienced a myriad of health benefits and have grown stronger as a person and more confident, living in line with my values.
After cleaning up my diet, I moved on to cleaning up other aspects of my lifestyle such as my clothing, spending habits and external space. Now, Everything’s Peachy is no longer just a place to share healthy food and recipes, but also promote all aspects of a sustainable, ethical lifestyle – from fashion to beauty to homewares.
Finally, I am committed to supporting and promoting a vegan lifestyle wherever possible, in all areas of my life. The more I learn about the devestating effects of animal agriculture, the ethical violations that come from killing animals for food and the convoluted mess that is our current food system, the more I am convinced that veganism is the best way to live – for humans, animals and the planet.
Hopefully, you’ll take a look around the site and gain some useful knowledge and guidance. If I can help you transition to a more plant-based lifestyle, boost your health, cut the clutter from your life and feel happier and more at peace, I’ll consider this blog to have done its job.
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